Eric Parker
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Additional witness testimony is expected today in the federal trial of a former Madison police officer accused of using excessive force during a police stop.

Former officer Eric Parker is facing charges of civil rights violations after he seriously injured an Indian grandfather. His trial is scheduled to continue today in Huntsville.


Cullman's Oktoberfest is adding more beer to a small-town celebration that was dry for years.

Organizers sold beer at the German-themed festival for the first time last year after city voters opted to legalize alcohol sales. But beer was only offered in one area of the Oktoberfest venue.

Alcohol sales proved popular, and this year organizers plan to sell beer at other locations in Cullman's Oktoberfest.